Little Book of American Poets 1787-1900

edited by Jessie B. Rittenhouse
Copyright 1915, 1971 edition
Checked out 31 times in 39 years
Last checked out 5 years ago

The circulation speaks for this volume. However, should it go without being checked out for 10 years at some point in the future, let it go. Though Whittier, Whitman, and Dickinson are represented by a few poems each, this volume largely covers a time period in the poetry of our nation that wasn’t terribly exciting. There were a few stars and there were some avid writers of poetry, but most did not remain important beyond their own time period. I suspect this has been popular here precisely because of the old fashioned sentiments expressed in many of the poems and the old fashioned predictable rhyming forms. So long as people are appreciating those things, keep it on the shelf.


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